U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) Associate Professor Leia Stirling has been selected to join the Class of 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellows. Those selected are chosen based on their significant contributions to the field and their passion and dedication to advancing the aerospace profession.
AIAA is the largest aerospace technical society in the world with over 30,000 members across 91 countries. Since their creation in 1963, AIAA has strived to bring together the worldwide aerospace community in a way that ignites collaboration and ingenuity.
“I am honored to have been nominated and selected as an AIAA Associate Fellow,” said Stirling. “My aerospace applications have focused on supporting human spaceflight and have been applied to other projects to support overall human health and performance. This selection would not have occurred without the wonderful students who I have mentored and collaborated with during my career.”
Stirling’s research quantifies human performance and human-machine fluency in operational settings through advancements in the use of wearable sensors. She applies these measures to assess human performance augmentation, advance exoskeleton control algorithms, mitigate injury risk, and provide relevant feedback to experts across many domains, including clinical, space, and military applications.
Stirling joined U-M IOE in 2019 from the MIT aeronautics department. She completed her doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after completing both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
To become a fellow, an individual must be an AIAA Senior Member in good standing, have at least a dozen years of high-quality professional experience, and at least three current Associate Fellows must nominate them. Choosing a new class of Fellows every year is one of the most prominent ways that AIAA emphasize the wide-reaching contributions of their members to the field of aeronautics and astronautics.